Much like in baseball, softball players have a number of options to score scholarships outside of their intended college programs. Summer leagues are a particularly good source if you play in one or have played in one, and also a good place to gain exposure if you are going for a college-funded award. Many of these local scholarships look beyond talent if they consider it at all, and instead take into account academic achievements, financial need, extracurricular activities outside of softball, community service, and overall character.
Most of the larger schools also have scholarship funds offered by alumni who have played on their college team, and funding dedicated to drawing talented softball players to that college. College-based funding is regulated by an outside organization like the NCAA, so eligible players will need a minimum GPA in addition to a proven track record on the field.
Check out some examples of how to find softball scholarships below. For additional information about awards based on different criteria, try conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.
About $1 billion in full and partial athletic scholarships are awarded each year by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to more than 126,000 undergraduate student-athletes at Division I and Division II schools. Although these scholarships are awarded and administered directly by each academic institution, not the NCAA, you’ll be required to meet the requirements of the NCAA to receive any funding. Those requirements include a minimum GPA for both the college-bound and those already on campuses, and qualifying standardized test scores. Contact your intended school’s athletic department for more information if you have the academics and the skill to play on a college team.
If you plan on playing softball in college, whether on a varsity team or on the club level, your intended college could have funds and endowments set up by alumni who played the sport before you ever set foot on that campus or in honor of relatives and important figures to your school. Southeastern Community College in Iowa, for example, awards the Marion Schmidt Softball Scholarship. Students who have signed a letter of intent to play softball on the school’s team and maintain a 2.0 GPA for freshmen and 2.2 GPA for sophomores are eligible. Make sure you do your research, and talk to your financial aid office and athletic departments about local and college-based awards you could be eligible for.
Alliance Pipeline Scholarship
Established by Alliance Pipeline in 2001, this scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis to a student-athlete who demonstrates strong academic performance. The student must maintain a 3.0 GPA and participate in an intercollegiate sport. The amount of the scholarship will be determined by January of each year by the Director of the University Advancement based on the interest earnings in the [...] More
Augustana College Athletic Grant
The scholarship program at Augustana is made possible by the generous support from alumni, special friends of the University, corporations, and foundations. Through their dedication and generosity, students are realizing their dreams of a liberal arts education.
To be considered for scholarships at Augustana based on academic performance and/or talent requires a completed Application for [...] More
Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship was established because Billy was always helping people in any way that he could. It is a sport-related scholarship because it memorializes the activities Billy loved most.
-Applicant must be a graduating high school senior
-Must reside in Winnebago, Boone, Ogle or Stephenson County
-Must have played at least three (3) years of baseball or [...] More
Bobby Sox High School Senior Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 05, Annually
Bobby Sox Softball is an educational organization committed to giving all girls, regardless of race, color, creed, or softball ability, the freedom to explore the game of softball. Team activities instill in them the attributes that will make them better citizens of the United States of America. This exploration takes the form of programs, devoted to excellence, in the areas of citizenship, [...] More
CCU Athletics Scholarship
The Athletics Scholarship is available to student-athletes in CCU's College of Undergraduate Studies who are recommended for scholarship consideration by the CCU Athletics Department. Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress, unless otherwise noted by the Athletics Department. Scholarship amounts vary. Prospective student athletes should contact their specific coach for further [...] More
CSUB Albert Holloway Memorial
Application Deadlines: March 22, Annually
This scholarship was established in memory of Albert Holloway who served for many years on the Academic Support, Intercollegiate Athletics, Nominating, and Student Support Committees of the Foundation. He was a great supporter of academics, extracurricular, student service programs, and the athletic program.
-Must be a student-athlete at California State University - [...] More
IUTIS Club Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
To be eligible for the IUTIS Club Scholarship, the applicant must be a high school senior who participated in the IUTIS Club (Sidney, Ohio) boys softball program for at least four years and plan to attend a two or four-year college/university.
Selection will be based on financial need, academic achievement, community and school service, and recommendations.
For more information or to apply, [...] More
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity - Lee Arthur Sr. Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
Lee Arthur Sr., was a devoted and dedicated member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, an educator with the Saginaw Public School System and head coach of girls' softball and volleyball teams at Saginaw High School. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity makes this scholarship available to a female graduate from Saginaw High School who participated in softball and/or volleyball during her high school career and [...] More
Kyle R. Magoto Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
To be eligible for an award from the Kyle R. Magoto Scholarship Fund, the applicant must be a Russia High School (Shelby Co., Ohio) graduating senior pursuing an associate's or a bachelor's degree as a full-time student at an accredited educational institution. Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and participated in at lease five (5) athletic seasons throughout high school.
Selection will [...] More
Mike Lozano Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 12, Annually
This scholarship fund was established in 2013 by family and friends of Coach Lozano. The fund will provide one scholarship annually to a graduating high school senior athlete from the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.
-Graduating high school senior
-Must be a student athlete
-Must have a 2.0 GPA to apply and must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 while in [...] More
WWU Scholar-Athlete Award
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
Awards - ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 - are available for basketball, baseball, cross country, track and field, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and women's volleyball. Coaches determine recipients of these awards based on demonstrated talent and skill. If the athlete has an ACT of at least 27, they are eligible for this award. A WWU GPA of at least 3.0 is required for renewal.
For more [...] More
Last Edited: February 2016
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